Other names: American Linden, Bois blanc Basswood is an adaptable native tree with aromatic flowers and pleasant foliage. Its flowers attract a large number of insect pollinators. Basswood honey is delicious. Basswood can serve as a statuesque street tree. It is a medium to large deciduous tree which typically grows to 50-80’ (infrequently to over...
Botanical Name: Tilia americana
Nom Français: Tilleul d'Amérique


Bloom colour: Blue | Green
Pollinators: Bees | Birds | Other
Sun or Shade: Full Sun | Partial Sun
Plant Type: Tree
Height: Over 35 feet (10 meters)
It grows well in hardiness zones:


Moist rich woods and slopes.
Water requirement: Does not require a lot of water.
Prefers deep soils with roughly equal proportions of sand, silt, and clay (loam soils) but is tolerant of dry or heavy soils. (pH range: alkaline to light acidic.)


Easily transplanted. Low to moderate pollution tolerance.
Large tree with straight trunk, horizontal branches that may droop. Smooth, rounded top. As wide as tall, often multi-stemmed.




Several animal species eat the seeds or browse on twigs and foliage. Blooms beige-yellow fragrant blossoms. Moderate growth rate and shade tolerant. Needs space to grow. Has soft wood so is prone to damage.

Styling and Use

Sugar Maple, American Beech, Yellow Birch.


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